Andy Holding is back with four tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Cartmel.
ON WE GO (NAP) (best price 9/4) produced relentless display of front running when scoring over today’s C&D last time out and with the exception of Grageelagh Girl standing in his way in terms of quality on his return visit, his bid to repeat the dose looks a fairly watertight one.
Potentially well handicapped on the pick of his best for old connections, Gillian Boanas has soon unlocked the key to her new acquisition at Ayr and although a subsequent defeat back at the same track was a little bump in the road, he soon resumed winning ways here last time out. Setting off with a degree of intent, he soon had his rivals in a world of trouble and by the time he’d rounded the home turn, it was all over bar the shouting. Time figure-wise, the fast the Cumbrian venue was by some way the best on the card and with the runner-up going on to boost the form the other day, it would be a major disappointing if he didn’t follow suit.
TAMASKA (best price 15/8) may have seemed a little disappointing at first glance last time out, but considering the speed figure produced at Thirsk 10 days ago was exceptionally good for the grade, David O’Meara’s gelding is afforded another chance to shine again back in a smaller field, less competitive environment.
A dual winner already this term, including over today’s C&D, the son of Starspangledbanner was soon in the front rank at the Yorkshire venue, but it what became a proper joust for supremacy, he eventually got gobbled up by the closers after going too hard too soon. That said, he still came out easily the best of those who raced up with the speed and with the strong possibility of today’s race being a good deal less frenetic early doors, the four-year-old will have a few more options in terms of how he’s going to play his hand.
BOBBY K (best price 13/2) did remarkably well to win from the position he found himself in at halfway last time out and with today’s more conventional track providing more of a level playing field, Michael O’Meara’s gelding can prove age is no barrier when it comes to these big-field handicaps.
As is often the case at Listowel, it’s a circuit more suited to horses who race on the speed, so the fact he was able to overcome being slam-dunked against the rail early and pass most of the field in the short home straight is testimony to his ability and current wellbeing. A fast-finishing third at Leopardstown the time before, the seven-year-old had intimated something special was brewing within and with the assessor only making a small dent to his handicap mark despite recent evidence suggesting he should have dished out substantially more punishment, he’s strongly fancied to take advantage of the reasonable degree of leniency.
BOX TO BOX (best price 7/4) just found the bright lights of a quality Class 2 event at Epsom on Derby Day a bridge too far, but now back at a level where he should find life a good deal more comfortable, Hugo Palmer’s gelding can regain the winning theme.
Game in victory on his first start for his new trainer at Salisbury back in May, connections were fully entitled to ask a little bit more of the son of Kodiac, but as it turned out, he wasn’t quite up to the task of a quality three-year-old handicap containing many improving sorts. On the positive side, he did manage to keep reasonable tabs on the main players and with also having gained valuable experience of the hurly-burly nature of that unique track and the soundtrack that comes with the Surrey venue on a big day, the experience should stand him in good stead when he ships up here tonight.